Waiting on Wednesday: Compulsion by Martina Boone

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
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Compulsion
Heirs of Watson Island #1
Martina Boone
Expected Publication: October 28, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal, Gothic
Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
Southern gothic, they say. I'm in.

But what kind of a name is Eight anyway?
Ayanami Faerudo

Book Review: Tempting Fate by April White

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Tempting Fate
Immortal Descendants #2
April White
Genre: YA Paranormal, Time Travel
Seventeen-year-old Clocker, Saira Elian is back on the run and being hunted by Mongers. The Descendants of War are amassing power in the 21st century, bent on controlling all the Immortal Descendants. Their attempt to kidnap Saira, a rare Descendant of Time and Nature, reveals just how brazen they’ve become. Archer, the vampire who has loved Saira for over a century, is willing to risk everything to protect her.

When a horrific vision reveals Ringo, thief and loyal companion from 1888, being tortured at the hands of the bloodthirsty Bishop Wilder in a Renaissance prison, Saira and Archer realize there has been a ripple in the river of Time, and they must travel to 1554 to find its source and save their friend. Their rescue mission lures them to the Tower of London, site of the most notorious executions in history, where they encounter the mysterious Lady Elizabeth who is confronting a terrible fate of her own.

The time-traveler, the vampire, and the thief will need all of their skills and ingenuity as they race against time to steal a document that could change the course of history and put the Immortal Descendants at the mercy of the Mongers. Can they stop a madman bent on collecting the blood of history’s most powerful Seer before the executioner’s axe falls?
I was running with Saira the moment I joined her again in Tempting Fate. I thought we were running for our lives again and I was honing my survival skills. Good thing everything was in motion at the beginning, just like in the first book, because it set the tone and the anticipation for the rest of the book. I knew exactly what I was going to get: adventure. 

I said this before in my review of the first book, Marking Time, but Saira is a really good character. Great even. What makes me admire her is that when she makes mistakes, when she’s being reprimanded and scolded by people who love her, she learns from them and she owns them and she would say I’m sorry like she means it and strive to be a better person not only for herself but for others she’s finding she cares about and who cares for her in return. This is a continuation of her personal journey from Marking Time. She grew up taking care of herself and she was afraid that if and when she lets others take care of her and love her like she is deserved to be loved, then she would lose herself in the process. She was terrified and it took a queen-to-be and a brother-from-another-mother that she’s hurting herself more along with the people, Archer in particular, who loves her. But she realized that and the fact that she’s not so alone anymore. “And is it so great, what ye’re holding onto?” asked Ringo. All she had to do was be brave and jump. 

I didn’t get the significance of clocking to 1554 if only to save Ringo from Bishop Wilder based on a vision. All they had to do was exclude Ringo from their plans, avoid getting him from his time in 1888. Simple as that. But time and circumstances had a way of getting out of hand and before they knew it they found themselves in situations that they’ve been preventing themselves to get into. There were things they had foreseen that they changed. There were things that they did not expect to happen. And there were things that were just meant to be. 

On a side note, if Mr. Shaw ever taught at any school I’ve attended, I would’ve signed up for every class he taught. 

It started in the first books but this is the first time I’ve noticed it fully, it being that quirk of Saira’s giving nicknames to every person she meets “fairy” for Ava. It helps me actually by giving a “name” to a character before knowing his or her real name so as not to overly use the words he, she, that man, the girl and such. 

About 80% of the book was spent in 1554. I don’t much about that time and history in England except for who was ruling and where the, then, Lady Elizabeth was. But I think my amount of knowledge would increase since I would probably research that time and place to the bone because of all the wonderful, tantalizing tidbits of history that April White so artfully woven into the story.

When is Stalking Nature coming out?
Ayanami Faerudo

Series Review: Ghost Bird by C.L. Stone (Books 1-3)

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Ghost Bird
C.L. Stone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.

When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.

Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they've sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she's forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another?

Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy.
The Academy, ever vigilant.
I landed myself another reverse-harem series. First, it was the Divinicus Nex series and now this. At least in Divinicus Nex it was clear that there was only one guy for Aurora, for sure. I mentioned before that I cling to the first potential guy that the main character meets, stick with him and pray that he’s the one. I guess this is predictable since almost, if not all, the first guys end up with the girl anyway. But here in Ghost Bird, it’s not clear who she’d end up. I was so sure about Kota but when the other guys turned up and I got to know them… eff, I don’t know which one anymore. 

It’s like being in one of those otome games where the girl has this array of boys all vie for the attention of the female lead. The girl is usually meek and shy and needs to overcome hurdles like getting into a good music school or opening up her own bakery. One of the goals, besides the main plot, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female character and one of the several males. Usually, these males all showcase a different personality i.e. the prince, the cool one, the little devil, the wild one, the mature one, etc. And yes, the boys of the Ghost Bird series each have their own personality and particular appeal. It’s like Sang is shopping. 

And I am also shopping. I’ve been giggling nonstop ever since I started reading this series. With the way Sang described everything from how they look and how they interact with her, then yes, I was shopping. However, I still that secret wish that Kota will be the one. 

I should be describing the story, plot and conflict and all but I guess it would be pointless at this point since I just likened it to an otome game which, if you are familiar with otome games, could be the best explanation I could give. It’s like reading something of a fan service. No, not in a bad way. Think of it like fulfilling your secret fantasies about having so many guys catering to your needs. There are elements of an arc-plot here like what the boys are doing in a public school when they go to an elite, private school; what this secretive Academy is and who the boys really are; Sang’s family. But all these are put in the background because the main focus here is Sang’s relationship with the boys. 

*sigh* I just said that it feels like an otome game. 

So expect a Mary Sue-ish type of main character here because you’ll feel at some point the confusing thought of what the boys see in her. I felt that her naïveté is getting old and I can’t believe at things that she’s so “innocent” about. Girl, that amount of touching is… 

I know, I know, otome game. Hey, I am not complaining. I’m giving a four out of five apples after all.
Ayanami Faerudo

Waiting on Wednesday: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
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The Infinite Sea
The 5th Wave #2
Rick Yancey
Expected Publication: September 16, 2014
Genre: YA Dystopia
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
I effing enjoyed The 5th Wave. I was not really into alien invasions and stuff unless I could watch them in a disaster movie. Then, everybody was raving about this book, I was curious and I read it. The 5th Wave? It was brilliant, man.
Ayanami Faerudo

Book Review: Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

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Bewitching Season
Leland Sisters #1
Marissa Doyle
Genre: YA Paranormal
In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn’t.

Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for "coming out" is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn’t such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.
I love historical fiction. I love the manners, the balls, the dresses, the courtesy... it all feels so romantic (No, don't touch me with reality)... fueled by the likes of Jane Austen's works. 

I wanted to love Bewitching Season. I've been waiting to read this and when I finally bought it and read it...

I love the manners, the balls, the dresses and the courtesy well enough but they couldn't detract for the utter silliness of one Persephone Leland. She may be a bluestocking but that didn't help her at all from being over-anxious, over-thinking things and at times pretty stupid. I rather think that Penelope was the more level-headed of the two even if she was, uhm, more inclined towards the balls and meeting eligible men. But I was reading the book from Persy's point of view so I couldn't say much of Penelope. I still say she's more level-headed. Both were impulsive. I like Charles though.

The main conflict of the story was supposed to be the search for their missing, beloved governess who had taught them magic for ten years. Supposed to. But at times it was swept aside by the demands of the aristocratic society and the Season (or the marriage market), that they quite sometimes forget about Ally.

Ah, the romance. We can't forget about romance. Well, I think this is where I could attribute the silliness of Persy's actions. Doing a love spell, wanting but not wanting Lochinvar to love her, her belief that he must hate witches based on a gossip... My mind is arguing with itself and presenting sound arguments for and against both sides like: she's a 17-year old girl who believed that the object of her affections might never love her. *sigh*I knew that but that didn't stop me from snorting and rolling my eyes. Remember, kids, communication is the key not hiding behind fans.

I don't know if I would read Betraying Season in the next few days though I'd love to know Pen's story. I might take a break and go on a dystopian spree.
Ayanami Faerudo